Washington International School is seeking an individual to become a part of the Upper School team and provide administrative support to the Upper School Principal, Assistant Principals, other academic administrators, teachers, students and parents.
The ideal candidate will be organized, flexible, and approachable. He/she will possess strong technical skills, an ability to adapt to and use online educational platforms, and understand and manipulate data. They should be comfortable working independently while also ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the Upper School. The US Administrative Assistant should be able to anticipate needs and engage in strategic thinking about school systems and processes. This person must be able to build and maintain relationships of trust with colleagues, students and parents.
This person would perform duties including; scheduling, purchasing supplies, writing correspondence, tracking budgets and serving as the main point of contact for students, parents and teachers in the Upper School, as well as other duties as assigned.
Previous experience in a school, especially an independent or international school is preferred. A successful candidate brings a friendly demeanor and enjoys working with teenagers and adults.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant administrative experience, ideally in an academic setting
Strong technical skills - MS Office suite, Google suite, database management, ability to use social media in a professional setting
Excellent oral and written skills
Demonstrated patience, collaborative and collegial demeanor, with colleagues, students and parents
Ideally, the start date would include several days of crossover training with a start date of September 23, 2019.
Please submit a cover letter with salary expectations, a resume and a list of three professional references to email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: Based on years of experience
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.